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Government must resolve impasse on imminent withdrawal of methadone by pharmacists - Burke

3 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke has today called on Minister for Health Mary Harney, the HSE and pharmacists to resolve the current impasse on the impending HSE medicine repayment claw back scheme which is threatening the dispensing services of methadone from mid October.


Cllr. Burke said:


“I am calling on the Minister to immediately intervene in this impending crisis. If pharmacists withdraw dispensing methadone from the middle of October as indicated the reality is those in receipt of the drug will have no alternative access to their medication.


“Just today I spoke with the City Clinic on Amien Street who confirmed with me that they simply do not have the capacity to take the significant influx of patients they expect once methadone is withdrawn from pharmacies.


“I have made repeated efforts this week to contact the HSE to discuss how they intend to deal with this issue. My calls have yet to be returned. The wider community in Dublin, particularly in the inner city, are extremely anxious about how this situation is going to play out.


“Ultimately compassion for those who depend on methadone treatment is needed. I urge the Minister Harney to meet with pharmacist and community representatives so that a resolution to this desperate situation can be reached.” CRíOCH

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